I have Illustrator CS6 and I've noticed something odd. Whenever I create shapes they have jagged edges. I've attached a screenshot so you can see this. I'm wondering if it's a setting or something that I don't have turned on (or off). Or perhaps it's something else. I've never noticed jagged edges in Illustrator before so I'm curious why it may be happening now.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
What you see is the jaggedness of the pixels of you monitor.
Even if you use Edit>Preferences>Anti-Alias artwork there will always be a certain jaggedness espec ially noticable in slanting straight lines. If you zoom in on vector artwork, the jaggedness should be the same, only in a larger picture.
If you used (a monitor with) a higher screen resolution, the jagged edges would be smaller, but basically the pixels can only show rectangular spots of light; they can show intermediate colours to soften transitions, but still rectangular.
So I am afraid you are stuck with a certain jaggedness in any case.
Ah, OK. Got it. Thanks, Doug (great name by the way). The monitor I have is pretty old (HP f1950e) so that would be why. Well, that stinks, lol. I guess I better get a decent monitor then. Can you guys recommend one for me? I'm a freelance illustrator so I'm assuming I would need a pretty good one.
As (the other) Doug said.
You may enjoy how the (slight) jaggedness becomes relatively smaller as you zoom in; that is an obvious way of determinning whether you have vector or raster artwork.
When you print, the visibility of jaggedness depends on the print method and resolution of spots/dots/lines/whatever, and when you present artwork on the web and similar, the jaggedness will depend on (the settings of) the monitors of the receivers/visitors.
Can you recommend a good screen resolution for my type of work? I just thought you guys might be able to recommend some monitors. I'm looking at building a new PC so I definitely want to get a couple decent ones.